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13 February 2015 09:11
1.5m Brits are preparing for a half-term getaway
The first half-term of 2015 is upon us - and over 1.5 million Britons are preparing to jet off on holiday, according to British Airways.
But how do you ensure your brood are well behaved once you take to the skies? BA has revealed a few top tips, as well as showing the most popular destinations for anyone still searching for inspiration for their half-term break.
Where are people going?
The days to avoid congested airports seem to be this Friday (February 13) and nine days later (February 22). A total of 120,000 passengers are expected to fly with British Airways on each date.
But where are people going this half-term? The US is popular, with Orlando and New York topping long-haul destinations. Those staying a bit closer to home favour Rome and Barcelona for city breaks, and Tenerife and Malta for some early-spring sun.
Wherever you go, travel insurance is arguably an essential - offering peace of mind in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
How to keep everyone happy?
BA has issued the following five top tips to keep parents and children happy once your flight has taken off:
pre-book special treat meals: passengers who do this ensure they get served before anyone else
pack socks: No one wants cold feet, even mid-air
take a goodie bag: Skyflyer packs are offered to all minors on two-hour-plus trips from Gatwick and Heathrow
get them gaming: downloading several smartphone or tablet games beforehand can lower stress levels
favourite treats: take your offspring's most popular food in an air-tight container
Other popular destinations this half-term included Dubai and Tampa.
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